Preparation, Risks, and Controls of Reopening in a COVID World: It’s a Small World

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 94 minutes
Recorded Date: December 07, 2020
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        • Epidemiology of the COVID-19 pandemic
        • Preventing COVID-19 transmission in the workplace
                - Screening
                - Testing
                - Responding to cases
                - Planning for vaccine distribution

: 1 hour, 34 minutes
Recorded: December 3, 2020


Since March of 2020, the COVID 19 pandemic has had a significant impact on all aspects of daily life in the US; a return to a traditional workspace and schools, going out to a movie or dinner; and elective medical treatment all come with new meaning and procedures. Today's speakers bring expertise from medical/ government business, occupational safety and health, and employment and regulatory law to give their perspectives on best practices to avoid legal liability while operating during the pandemic. They will cover important processes and procedures on which to advise your clients to help them safely operate and avoid legal liability to their employees, customers and others as they bring employees back to work and customers back into their businesses.

This program was recorded on December 7th, 2020

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American Bar Association


Jacob Persky, MPH, CIH

Principal & Co-Founder
RHP Risk Management, Inc.

Mr. Jacob Persky is a Principal and Co-Founder at RHP Risk Management in Chicago, Illinois. His educational background includes a Master of Public Health degree, B.S. in Bioengineering, and 20 years' experience in environmental consulting. His professional interests focus on providing risk-based advice to help clients with decision making processes involving product liability and health risks.

Capt. Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH

Associate Director for Science of the Division of Field Studies and Engineering
National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH, part of CDC)

Capt. Sara Luckhaupt, MD, MPH is the Associate Director for Science of the Division of Field Studies and Engineering at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH, part of CDC) and a Captain in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Dr. Luckhaupt received her Medical Degree from the Ohio State University and completed a preventive medicine residency at the University of Michigan and an MPH degree, then joined the CDC/NIOSH and the Commissioned Corps as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 2006. She served as part of the Worker Safety and Health Team within the CDC COVID-19 response from April through July, 2020.

Radford "Rad" Slough

Principal & Owner
Urban Body Fitness

Radford “Rad” Slough is the Principal and owner of Urban Body Fitness in Atlanta, GA and President & CEO of Origin South. Rad will discuss the closing of his business, the guidance he received, sources from which he received it, the steps he took to re-open his fitness center and how he is navigating through evolving regulations and information to remain compliant and keep his doors open. Rad has an extensive background in both financial and IT consulting, and for more than 30 years provided guidance to a diverse client base, including multi-national corporations both in the US and abroad.

James "Jim" Curtis

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Jim Curtis is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Chicago. Jim represents clients from coast to coast in a wide array of industries, including construction, automotive, agricultural, manufacturing, transportation, warehouse, and retail in both federal OSHA cases and in State Plan States. Jim has significant experience defending clients under every OSHA standard as well as high dollar willful and repeat OSHA citations. Jim is also co-chair of Seyfarth's Whistleblower Retaliation team assisting clients in responding to whistleblower retaliation under the 23 Federal whistleblower laws and parallel state laws.

Max Swetman

MGM Law Firm

Max Swetman is a Partner at MG+MLaw Firm, a nationwide complex litigation firm. Max’s background in law, epidemiology, and public health allows him to meld the legal, scientific, and medical disciplines. His practice focuses on the defense of environmental, toxic tort, and construction litigation, infectious disease counseling and litigation, COVID-19, and other occupational and exposure/contamination claims alleging bodily injury and property damage.

Currently, Max represents clients in regulatory, guidance, safety, and litigation counseling specifically with respect to COVID-19, including representing Fortune 500 companies with over 100,000 COVID-19 essential workers, on a case-by-case basis and as National Coordinating Counsel.

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